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   Because Kaizen is more a philosophy, its approach is found in many different process improvement methods ranging from Total Quality Management (TQM), to the use of employee suggestion boxes. Under kaizen, all employees are responsible for identifying the gaps and inefficiencies and everyone, at every level in the organization, suggests where improvement can take place. Kaizen aims for improvements in productivity, effectiveness, safety, and waste reduction, and those who follow the approach often find a whole lot more in return: Less waste  –  inventory is used more efficiently as are employee skills. People are more satisfied  –  they have a direct impact on the way things are done. Improved commitment  –  team members have more of a stake in their  job and are more inclined to commit to doing a good job. Improved retention  –  satisfied and engaged people are more likely to stay. Improved consumer satisfaction  –  coming from higher quality products with fewer faults. Improved problem solving  –  looking at processes from a solutions perspective allows employees to solve problems continuously. Improved teams  –  working together to solve problems helps build and strengthen existing teams.  Better retention Engaged and satisfied employees are more likely to stay in an organization. More satisfaction Doing things productively and efficiently directly impacts satisfaction with one’s work.  Commitment and ownership Employees feel a sense of ownership in their job and are committed to doing their best. Better problem-solving skills When employees look at systems and processes using a solutions perspective, it allows them to continuously solve problems as they go about their tasks. Less waste Employee skills as well as inventory is used up more efficiently. Kaizen prioritizes the reduction of waste in any form, which can take the place of time, energy, movement, defects, over-processing, and variations.  Customer satisfaction The end users of your brand will be more satisfied as they use higher quality products and interact with more evolved brands. Strengthened teamwork The Kaizen philosophy helps teams work together and solve problems more efficiently, which strengthens teams. Much of the focus in kaizen is on reducing waste and this waste takes several forms: Movement  –  moving materials around before further value can be added to them. Time  –  spent waiting (no value is being added during this time). Defects  –  which require re-work or have to be thrown away. Over-processing  –  doing more to the product than is necessary to give the customer maximum value for money. Variations  –  producing bespoke solutions where a standard one will work just as well. The table below shows some examples of these forms of waste in an office environment.  Form of Waste Examples Movement People moving between buildings for meetings when a teleconference could add the same value. Mental movement can be a type of waste too, where people are distracted into switching from one job to another, before the first job is complete. Try to concentrate on one type of task for a block of time such as planning, thinking work, e-mail and phone calls. Use an Activity Log or an Interrupter's Log to identify how   often you are currently switching between types of work. Having to open a file or database to look for key phone numbers you use day in, day out when it might be quicker to print these out and pin them on the wall. Time Waiting for latecomers in meetings  –  always start meetings on time out of courtesy to those who are prompt, and to encourage good timekeeping. Searching for documents in your email or file system because you have not created a set of folders that enables you to find things quickly. In manufacturing workshops, kaizen led to boards for hanging tools on that had outlines of the tool around each hook, making it really quick to identify where to put a tool when you
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